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How to Make a Candle Heater
Tactical Intelligence ^ | 4/9/10 | Tactical Intelligence

Posted on 08/17/2012 11:29:51 AM PDT by Kartographer

With the cold season coming to a close I wanted to share one more survival craft that you can do in order to provide some off-grid heat to a small insulated area with just a candle! I got this idea straight from the HeatStick.com site, where instead of ordering one of their “Kandle Heeters” I decided to make my own and share with you guys how you can too (it cost me about 15 bucks to make compared to 30 dollars (plus shipping) if you were to buy one).

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: candleheater; preparedness; preppers



one 4″ ceramic (not glazed) pot

one 2″ ceramic (not glazed) pot

one 1 1/2″ ceramic (not glazed) pot

two 1 1/2″ x 1/4″ washers

three 1 1/4″ x 1/4″ washers three 1″ x 1/4″ washers

eight 3/4″ x 1/4″ washers

seven 1/4″ nuts

one 3″ x 1/4″ bolt

1 posted on 08/17/2012 11:29:57 AM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...
Preppers' PING!!

This is going into my next update on my Preparedness Manual!!!!

Please consider this only week Preparedness Thread.
2 posted on 08/17/2012 11:34:00 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

I would have to wait for the winter. Here in North Texas the candle would melt into a pool of goopy wax — between the store door and the car door!


3 posted on 08/17/2012 11:39:35 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: freedumb2003

But once winter is here that ain’t not time to be build you one!


4 posted on 08/17/2012 11:41:46 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Sounds interesting, but the site is down.


5 posted on 08/17/2012 11:41:46 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: ottbmare

I just now pulled it up:

http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/blog/how-to-make-a-candle-heater.htm


6 posted on 08/17/2012 11:44:47 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

>>But once winter is here that ain’t not time to be build you one!<<

Sometimes you can’t win for trying!

Survival prep or not it looks like a cool and efficient device. I’ll Bookmark this page and split the difference and try to build one in Autumn.


7 posted on 08/17/2012 11:45:22 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: Kartographer

Why would anyone want to heat a candle?


8 posted on 08/17/2012 11:45:40 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Kartographer

Another link with information and units for sale for those with two left tumbs:

http://www.heatstick.com/

But I encourage you to build your own! The knowledge and the skills gained will serve you well if SHTF.


9 posted on 08/17/2012 11:47:06 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Well, it relies upon a candle. That candle would release its heat into the room even without this gadget.


10 posted on 08/17/2012 11:47:18 AM PDT by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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To: Revolting cat!

Indeed, great information if you have cold candles.


11 posted on 08/17/2012 11:47:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: Revolting cat!

Starting a bit early even for a Friday aren’t you?


12 posted on 08/17/2012 11:48:39 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Godzilla
Does work the same. It's more like like the difference between a camp fire and a rocket stove.

“Steel has the ability to approach the temperature of its heat source,” says the inventor, “so the solid steel inner core will go as high as 550° Fahrenheit. That high inner temperature is mitigated to a very warm 160° to 180° on the outer surface. As long as the candle remains under the steel the surface is constantly emitting dry radiant heat.”
13 posted on 08/17/2012 11:53:41 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Godzilla

Yeah, I don’t much see the point here. The heat balance isn’t going to change. A candle can only put out so much heat period.


14 posted on 08/17/2012 11:55:57 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: Kartographer

Good article. I think I’ll build one. Thanks.


15 posted on 08/17/2012 11:57:31 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (R&R isn't just a railroad in Monopoly anymore!)
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To: Kartographer

For later reference - Florida - need this maybe 3 days a year.


16 posted on 08/17/2012 11:57:45 AM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: Godzilla
"Well, it relies upon a candle. That candle would release its heat into the room even without this gadget."

This gadget controls the release of the heat. As an analogy, you could take a few gallons of hot water and pump them into an old fashioned radiator...

...or you could simply take all that hot water and pour it on the floor. Which do you think would keep a room warmer?

17 posted on 08/17/2012 11:57:45 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Kartographer
I've started making bricks from material on the property for my large wood-fired bread oven. It's amazing what you can find even on a semi-suburban property by digging. ;)

/johnny

18 posted on 08/17/2012 11:57:56 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer

I don’t see how this would make or create anymore heat from a candle. It may trap heat slowing down it’s transfer to the room but it would not “superheat” the air under the pot.


19 posted on 08/17/2012 12:13:12 PM PDT by xenob
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To: JRandomFreeper
It's amazing what you can find even on a semi-suburban property by digging

That might explain why your neighbor's wall looks like this...

;)

20 posted on 08/17/2012 12:16:35 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: JRandomFreeper

does anyone know where ytou can buy good wax cheap ?

I want to make my own fire logs from old newspaper

if you have tried to burn rolled up newspaper you know its not easy

but I figure if you dunk it in wax, and press it into a nice roll, you would have a pretty nice fire log

and old newspapers can be found free all over


21 posted on 08/17/2012 12:16:48 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Kartographer
I made one like the one below last winter. It doesn't put out enough radiant heat, but it made a great hand warmer.


22 posted on 08/17/2012 12:22:20 PM PDT by JPII Be Not Afraid
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To: Mr. K
I buy GulfWax(tm) for canning, that's the only place I know to get wax. It's in the grocery store near the canning supplies.

/johnny

23 posted on 08/17/2012 12:34:29 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: freedumb2003
LOL! I'm not swiping my neighbor's bricks, or undermining his wall. ;)

/johnny

24 posted on 08/17/2012 12:36:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Mr. K

If you have any local bee keepers, you may be able to get the wax they cut off the combs to extract the honey. We used to put the wax back near their hives to reuse.


25 posted on 08/17/2012 12:38:50 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (RINO season is open. No limit. Make them extinct.)
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To: Godzilla

No, it wouldn’t increase the amount of heat the candle gives off but it should keep the pots warm for a short while after the candle burns out providing a few more minutes of heat for your hands and feet. Much like putting a rock from the campfire by your feet when camping. You get two for one with this contraption and no cost if you have those supplies already.

The article links to a bacon candle. Oh my, someone should market bacon scents!


26 posted on 08/17/2012 12:41:36 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Joe 6-pack

“Which do you think would keep a room warmer?”

You’d be colder waiting for the water to heat up than if you didn’t try to heat up the mass of the radiator first.

Which do you want? You want to freeze to death before, or after the candle burns out?


27 posted on 08/17/2012 12:42:15 PM PDT by RFEngineer
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To: Kartographer

What is the purpose of the different sized nuts and bolts?


28 posted on 08/17/2012 12:45:10 PM PDT by bgill
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To: drbuzzard

Apparently I’m one of the few who actually read the entire article:

“Even though the heater doesn’t seem all that effective, making this contraption was far from a waste of time. I learned some important principles as well as came up with other ideas of how to convert a flame source to radiant heating (just think of a larger version of this heater combined with the rocket stove I reviewed and you’ll get what I mean).”

In short - it doesn’t work. The candle isn’t strong enough.


29 posted on 08/17/2012 12:45:30 PM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Kartographer

marker bump


30 posted on 08/17/2012 1:00:39 PM PDT by alfa6 (...Moderation is for monks RAH)
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To: Kartographer

During 22 years of military life I tried many things to help me adjust to unpleasant conditions around the world. One thing I discovered early on was that one small candle can heat a surprisingly large area if you can find a way to contain it. I used to drape a poncho over a folding field cot and put a small candle or tea light under it. As long as you can keep from having a draft under the cot you can sleep toasty warm, even in sub-freezing temps.


31 posted on 08/17/2012 1:04:03 PM PDT by jstaff
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To: bgill; JRandomFreeper

One to hold together the various size pots that make up your heat sink and two the steel heats up and transfers the heat to the pots more efficant than just the hot air raise from the cnadle would.

Personally I am think of combining a larger ceramic pot heat sink of the same basic design with a rockstove to provide emergency heating to a small area.


32 posted on 08/17/2012 1:07:41 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Way cool! Put your coffee mug (or soup) on top to keep it from getting cold. However, The smell of a bacon fat candle along with a steaming cup of Joe will almost certainly draw in the zombies.
I think I will take this to my kids school as a craft project.


33 posted on 08/17/2012 1:16:30 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: jstaff

I once moved into an apartment and had to wait a few days before the electricity was turned on. A few candles placed in front of mirrors helped for light and warmth.


34 posted on 08/17/2012 1:18:19 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Kartographer

#1 - Why unglazed ceramic?

#2 - In dry climates, you can use a clay pot as an emergency refrigerator. Invert the clay pot onto a surface that will keep it closed, pour water over the surface, and try to keep it damp. As the water evaporates off, it will lower the temperature inside the pot. Not a lot, but it will keep the milk a little fresher than just sitting inside a warm refrigerator when the power goes out. Of course, every time you lift the pot off your cold stuff, you let out what little cold has accumulated.


35 posted on 08/17/2012 3:16:01 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

>>LOL! I’m not swiping my neighbor’s bricks, or undermining his wall. ;)<<

I owe you a response.

I am 100% sure your neighbors brick walls are safe and secure. Especially since you specifically stated you were baking your own bricks.

If you get a chance, head on South Mexico way. They seem to have all but perfected brick creation (very few Americans do true brick construction). I saw some pretty cool techniques.


36 posted on 08/17/2012 3:44:02 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: freedumb2003
I lived in New Mexico for years, and learned adobe construction there. As a food service professional, I loved baking bread in the hornos. Best bread I ever baked.

I'm really happy that it turns out I have the materials on site and only have to put in the labor.

/johnny

37 posted on 08/17/2012 3:49:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JPII Be Not Afraid; jstaff

If that is an incandescent light bulb, it will be way more efficient than a candle, except for the power requirement. Doesn’t take much and will keep pipes from freezing so it puts out some heat, captured by the pots. Think I would rather have a light bulb under my cot than a lit candle provided there was power to plug it in.


38 posted on 08/17/2012 7:12:43 PM PDT by wita
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To: Kartographer

After I built and demonstrated a #10-can rocket stove, a friend described how his son made a warmer similar to this out of tuna and bean cans, and used to to warm his hands while sitting out in the cold hunting. Tea candle sitting in the bottom of a tuna can, with the inverted bean can that had holes punched into slosed end. Held together somehow with some simple bolts so that the bean can was not sitting flush to the tuna can. We still have to build one.


39 posted on 08/18/2012 7:03:47 AM PDT by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Kartographer

Soooo, I’m thinking that a bigger setup above an oil lamp would achieve much the same effect and get double use for the same amount of fuel.

Thoughts?


40 posted on 08/19/2012 8:40:32 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Election 2012 - America stands or falls. No more excuses. Get involved.)
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